An owl just dropped off an amazing package at my window, it wasn’t an invitation to attend Hogwarts, it wasn’t even a Firebolt – it was something better, The CELLder Wand!
The CELLder Wand is a wand-shaped power bank and – even though the team at GGTR never says it – it’s geared towards Harry Potter fans. As you can probably tell from my first sentence, I am a serious Harry Potter fan, so I am more than a little bit excited about this one.
The CELLder Wand launches on Kickstarter on Tuesday, June 12. I was given a prototype version to test from the GGTR team, so here is my early review.
CELLDER WAND BATTERY POWER
The CELLder Wand boasts a 3,200 mAh charge, which is the perfect size for a day of gaming. I tested the battery power with my iPhone X. Once my iPhone was at five percent battery level, I plugged it in and it charged it fully at a respectable rate. It was about dead after that but a full additional charge is typically more than enough for me.
CELLDER WAND PORTABILITY
I was pleasantly surprised to find that The CELLder Wand was incredibly portable. When you hear the phrase “wand-shaped power bank” it doesn’t sound overly convenient, the collapsible design allows almost the entire “wand” to compress into the handle (battery). The handle itself is about 19cm in length and 4cm in diameter, which isn’t too far off other cylindrical power banks on the market with similar battery capacities.
CELLDER WAND LOOKS
At the end of the day, it’s a wand – it looks like a wand and it feels like a wand. Honestly, I never seriously considered buying a wand before (as I started reading Harry Potter at 18). By that point in my life, buying a toy wand seemed a little extra. But with the built-in in battery, it has genuinely useful functionality. Then when I want to have a little fun, I can press the button to extend it from a muggle battery pack into a tool fit for a wizard. I would also like to note that the handle has a nice carved pattern to it and it feels great to hold.
Another fun feature is the LED light at the tip. When you turn it on, it lights up for 10 seconds. The light is actually pretty powerful so I can use it in a dark hallway to the keyhole or look under the sofa. But, mostly I when I perform the Bat Bogey Hex someone who is annoying me.
Right now, the beta version doesn’t have the spring system in place for the automatic extension, but the final version of The CELLder Wand will include this. I have to gently pull the wand tip out and push it gently back in. It’s not a big issue but the auto-extension sounds really cool – so I’m looking forward to that.
I really like it and it’s so timely. I am playing Hogwarts Mystery right now (which is ok), but once Wizards Unite hits, I expect that this is going to be big. We all know that AR-games zap battery so carrying a power bank a must. It may not be big enough for travelers but if I’m going to carry a power bank for casual use, make my power bank a CELLder Wand.